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Splendid Venice Venezia – Starhotels Collezione
San Marco Mercerie 760, Venice 301244.0 out of 5.0
Located in Venice's designer-shopping district, this hotel is 500 meters from Piazza San Marco, the Doge's Palace, the Rialto …
Calle Specchieri 463 San Marco, Venice 301243.0 out of 5.0
This modernised 17th-century building in Venice, formerly a convent and a palazzo, is 50 metres from Piazza San Marco, 200 …
Best Western Titian Inn Hotel Venice Airport
Via Orlanda 240, Mestre 301733.0 out of 5.0
Located in Tessera, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Forte Bazzera and within 6 mi (10 km) of San Giuliano Park and Casino' d …
Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice
Riva Degli Schiavoni, 4196, Venice 301225.0 out of 5.0
This historic Venice hotel, dating from the 14th century, is located on Riva degli Shiavoni overlooking the Venice lagoon and …
Hotel Dona Palace
San Marco 391, Venice 301244.0 out of 5.0
Built in the 15th century by a Venetian noble family, this converted palace overlooks a side canal off Venice's Grand Canal …
San Marco, Venice 301244.0 out of 5.0
Opened in 2004, this contemporary 70-room Venice hotel lies on the main street between St Mark's Square, 175 meters away, and …
Via Malcontenta 40, Mestre 301763.0 out of 5.0
Located in Malcontenta, this hotel is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Porto Marghera and within 6 mi (10 km) of San Giuliano Park and Ne …
Hotel Al Codega
Corte del forno vecchio 4435, Venice 301244.0 out of 5.0
This three-floor residence is situated in the city centre of Venice, 200 metres from St Mark's Square and 300 metres from …
Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana
Via Alfredo Ceccherini 21, Mestre 301744.0 out of 5.0
Located in Mestre, this family-friendly hotel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from San Giuliano Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Forte …
Hotel Città di Milano
San Marco 590 Campiello San Zulian, Venice 301243.0 out of 5.0
Located in San Marco, this hotel is steps from San Teodoro, St. Mark's Basilica, and St Mark's Campanile. Doge's Palace and S …
Even if you haven't visited Venice, you've probably already seen images of its classic highlights: gondolas on the Grand Canal, the gothic Doge's Palace, and the pigeons on St Marks Square. You can rest assured that the reality of these places is every bit as majestic as the postcard pictures make them out to be.
More than just a series of famous snapshots, however, Venice is a mesmerizing, mysterious city laced with hints of melancholy. Once a major maritime power, Venice continues to survive largely because of the tourist trade, with the number of actual residents dwindling year after year. Ever-increasing flooding wreaks havoc on architecture, while the summer's heat can make the city feel almost swamp-like. Decadent palaces stand next to decaying houses, glorious restoration next to gloomy ruin, making the city nothing short of a floating museum - but in many ways this is also its barrier to modernization.
Mix of contrasts
This profound mix of contrasts makes Venice a fascinating destination. As it struggles to find a balance between preserving the rich cultural heritage on which it depends and carving out an identity as a still-living city in the 21st century, Venice remains one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
The reputations of the signature tourist 'musts' are well-deserved, but the discoveries you make by getting lost in Venice's winding streets and canals are equally rewarding. Exploring your extraordinary surroundings is sure to make you sigh in disbelief. One of Venice's most famous bridges, in fact - just one of over 400 bridges connecting Venice's islands - is called the Bridge of Sighs.
Even the light in Venice is different; the reflection off the water has provided inspiration for many artists. The Accademia Gallery holds several Venetian masterpieces, and you'll notice the play of light in many of its painting. The unusual light is far from being the city's only special quality. Visit during Carnevale and you'll see a glamour you thought no longer existed. Also well worth a visit is Venice Biennale, Europe's classiest international forum for contemporary art.
Cars aren't allowed in Venice, so you'll get to know the city by walking or riding vaporetti (public water buses - an alternative to the more expensive water taxis or gondolas, although it's worth splashing for a romantic evening out). Venice is notoriously crowded (and expensive), but people come for good reason. There is no other city like it in the world - its culture and canals, basilicas and bridges continue to leave visitors marveling. Despite its uncertain future, Venice hasn't lost its magic.